The long awaited amendments to Information Technology Act 2000 as passed by the Parliament on December 23rd and 24th and assented to by the President of India on February 5 was finally notifed for effectiveness from October 27 2009. This amended ITA 2000 which we refer to as ITA 2008 has brought in several new security oriented changes to Indian law.

The industry has got the long awaited “Data Protection Laws” into the statute and several new sections have been added to the offfenses list. Powers of the Police under the Act are now available to Inspectors instead of DSPs and many more changes have been ushered in.

One of the better features of the ITA 2008 is the increased liability of the Intermediaries towards practice of “Due Diligence” and the powers available to the CERT-In for “Blocking” of communication that is inimical to the interest of the country.

In the light of these changes, we would like to bring to the notice of all ISPs in India through this publication that there exists in circulation a certain e-mail that is designed to commit a cognizable offence in India and raise funds through fraudulent means which are likely to be applied for furthering other criminal activities including Terrorism against India and Drug trafficking. The details are provided below. The ISPs are therefore requested to ensure that the said e-mail distribution shall be blocked forthwith at the ISP level as a part of the due diligence.

We also request CERT-IN to take notice of the existence of this mail and give suitable directions to the ISPs to block access to the mail by the clients of the ISPs.

The detail of the e-mail is as follows:

The mail emanates from an e-mail address : sweetfaaria@inMail24.com

The subject line is : hello dear

The mail could come from different IP addresses and hence the blocking has to be done on the basis of the resolveed e-mail address.

(Detailed content of the e-mail  is available  here)

Na.Vijayashankar (Naavi)

Director, Cyber Crime Complaints and Resolution Center, Bangalore

www.naavi.org

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